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VIDEO: Cranes used to relocate 500 elephants

The operation is part of a conservation effort.

A crane lifts an elephant so it can be transported to an African nature reserve.Screenshot/YouTube

Can you think of a better way to relocate a 5-ton elephant?

Conservationists are employing cranesin an effort to move 500 elephants from two wildlife parks to a reserve about 185 miles away in Malawi,according to a report from The Telegraph.

They hope the movewill keep the elephants from “coming into conflict with people,” according to the report. Their new home will provide much-neededspace and security, so the journey is well worth it.

The goal is to relocate 500 elephants to the sanctuary by the end of next year — by keeping elephant families together and moving them as a group, the animals are more likely to thrive, The Telegraph reported.

Before the elephants can be moved, however, they need to besedated, checked by vets and fitted with tracking collars.

Watch the video below and read more here about what this enormousoperation entails.

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